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Understanding (MOU) for
valuation services that will
provide an annual assessment
of the value and useful life
of Defence land, building
and infrastructure assets,
including those of heritage
and cultural significance.
On September 20, the Assistant
Secretary Financial Management for
Defence Support Group, Grace Carlisle,
signed a MOU with the General
Manager from the AustralianValuation
This was the end of an 11-month
process that put Defence’s valuation
requirements to open tender and
saw many organisations vying for
the opportunity to provide ongoing
valuation support to Defence.
Precinct, South Australia,
has undergone a $623.68
including the construction of
the Hardened and Networked
Army Facilities Project (HNA).
A major component of the HNA project,
Horseshoe Barracks, was officially opened in
Horseshoe Barracks will accommodate
7th Battalion, the Royal Australian
Regiment (7RAR), forming a battalion
group which includes engineer, ar tillery
and logistic elements.
The HNA project was completed on
schedule, enabling 7RAR to easily transition
into its new accommodation at RAAF Base
Edinburgh from January 2011.
There are now approximately 680 Army
personnel based at RAAF Base Edinburgh
alongside their Air Force counterparts.
The HNA project realised the
construction of 65 buildings including
headquarters, offices, working and training
accommodation, plus training facilities
including a driver training area, weapons test
simulation system facility and a night training
facility. Common user facilities constructed
for both Army and Air Force use include:
a medical centre
The Assistant Secretary Financial Management, Grace Carlisle (front right) signs the Memorandum of Under-
standing with the General Manager of the AustralianValuation Office, Brett Martin (front left).Also pictured
(rear L-R) is: Defence Project Manager AVO Edward Kinch,Assistant Director Asset Accounting Defence Simon
Tolhurst,Assistant Director Liability Accounting Defence Nicole Rumsey, Director Finance AVO Chetan Chopra,
Senior Director Business Development AVO KaterinaTidswell, Director Balance Sheet Management Defence
Robert Schubert, and PrincipalValuer AVO Carlo King.
This Memorandum is for a period
of three years, with two options for
extensions of three years each.
During the three-year period,
the AVO will undertake a physical
inspection and valuation of all Defence
land, buildings and infrastructure,
currently valued at $20 billion and
across some 500 sites.
Around one third of the assets will be
valued by means of physical inspection
each year and two thirds via a desktop
review; ensuring that all assets are
physically inspected at least once during
the three-year period.
The AVO will also undertake an
annual valuation of other classes of
assets, including general plant and
equipment in support of Defence’s
financial reporting obligations. Plant and
equipment valuation will be performed
by a sampling methodology.
The AVO can also provide valuation
services on an ad hoc basis to all
The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, visits the new Single LEAP 2 project at Robertson Barracks, Darwin. Pictured, (L-R) is: Managing Director Sitzler Pty Ltd
Steve Margetic, Project Director Sitzler Pty Ltd Simon Hussey, Design Manager Plenary Group Matt Biviano, the Minister for Defence, Project Director of Project Single
LEAP Dr Geoff Smith, and Assistant Director of Project Single LEAP Mr Ivan Zafiris. Photo: Able Seaman JamesWhittle
Valuable MOU Robertson
leaps into new
Facilities project in SA
The Minister for Defence, Stephen
Smith, turned the ceremonial sod
for the new Project Single Living
Environment and Accommodation
Precinct (Project Single LEAP)
Phase 2 accommodation project
at Robertson Barracks on
The project will provide 686 units at
Robertson Barracks for single Service men and
women to replace older and out-dated on-base
accommodation at the home of 1st Brigade,
the Australian Army’s light armoured brigade.
Project Single LEAP Phase 2 will deliver
3015 units across 14 Defence sites.
The individual, self-contained, furnished
rooms will be of a standard comparable to
those in the general community and will have
an ensuite, personal balcony, kitchenette, and
internet and phone connections.
Additional precinct facilities will include
car parking with secure storage space, shared
barbecue and recreation facilities, vehicle
wash and maintenance area, and secure boat
and trailer storage. Delivery of the 303 units
under stage one is planned for early 2013
with the remaining 383 units under stage
two due for completion in early 2014.
Construction at Robertson Barracks
will be delivered under a Public Private
Partnership arrangement with a capital
investment of about $170 million.
The project will provide stimulus to the
local community with almost 300 jobs
essential during the construction phase as well
as many more in the broader community as a
result of the 30-year services support contract.
The project’s building contractor (Sitzler)
is currently achieving more than 90 per cent
recycling of material from demolition of
existing buildings, which is in keeping with
the Department of Defence’s environmental
strategy on recycling initiatives.
The Project Single LEAP website provides
links to the five companies that form part of
the Plenary Living consortia, which is available
The website will also provide FAQ and
details of the respective sites in due course.
fitness and community facilities.
Extensive site infrastructure works were
The bulk of the HNA development is
comprised of single-storey facilities, with a
small number of double-storey facilities.
Materials and finishes have been selected
locally for their functionality, durability and
low maintenance. Air conditioning has been
provided to areas where climate and usage
dictates a need.
There was minimal impact on the existing
Defence operations at Edinburgh including
an active military airfield. Construction
activities were fast-tracked with a peak
workforce of more than 1,000 construction
workers on-site per day.
More than 7,200 people have worked
on the site since construction began in late
2008, while about 275 South Australian
companies have been involved in material
supply, off site work and related activities.
Management of base security, the
construction site and broader base
occupational health and safety issues were
major challenges given the number of
workers on-site.The project achieved
outstanding occupational health and safety
In more than 3.3 million man hours
worked on the site, there were only two
minor lost time injuries.
The HNA Facilities Project included a
number of unique and innovative aspects
including construction of a retention basin
to capture storm water run-off, to be
treated for re-use as grey water which is
also linked to the Salisbury Aquifer Grand
The Army Close Training Area has also
been integrated with the Army working
accommodation and other training facilities
which are all in one precinct.
The project has included extensive high
quality common-user facilities, including
a combined mess, recreational and
commercial facilities to be shared by all
personnel at Edinburgh.
Significant effort has been directed to
create a pedestrian-friendly urban setting
where occupants are able to walk or cycle
within the site precincts to minimise casual
The Director General Infrastructure Asset
Development Branch, Brigadier Darren
Naumann, says the HNA facilities project
team achieved an outstanding result at
“Their innovative approach has resulted in
the construction of first-class facilities, which
provide significant efficiencies and enhanced
integration of Army and Air Force personnel
at Edinburgh,” Brigadier Naumann says.
The Commanding Officer of 7RAR,
Lieutenant Colonel Mick Garraway, says the
facilities at Edinburgh are very important
for the Army and is by far the best Army
barracks in the world.
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